Bathroom safety is a concern for both older and younger Americans. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of four older Americans suffer falls while 43,000 children are taken to the emergency room due to bathroom accidents every year. Fortunately, through mobility remodeling, you can make the bathroom more age-friendly and lower the risk of bathroom accidents.
Here are some safety features you might want to consider adding to your bathroom:
1. Adhesive Guards for Sharp Edges
To protect yourself from sharp edges during bathroom slips and falls, you can install adhesive guards.
2. Grab Bars
Bathroom injuries usually happen near the tub or the toilet. That’s why most contractors would recommend installing grab bars (which can help older Americans move easily without outside assistance) on the back wall of a shower stall and rims to the side of the tub.
3. Non-Slip Bathroom Flooring
Porcelain or ceramic tiles are the most popular type of bathroom flooring. However, their smooth surface turns slippery when wet. Non-slip alternatives include natural stone (which has excellent resale value), non-slip vinyl and rubber (which maintains traction even when wet and provides cushion in the event of a fall) flooring. Alternatively, you can place a rubber mat or non-skid decals near your tub. To learn more about your bathroom flooring options, console one of your local home improvement contractors.
4. Raised Toilet Seats
What many don’t know is that toilet injuries account for 14% of all bathroom-related injuries. To reduce the risk of toilet injuries, you can install a raised toilet seat, which lowers the strain on your joints and back when you get off the toilet. For more bathroom safety tips, consult one of your local contractors.
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